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Hollywood films drive Australian library book tastes

“Hollywood is driving library borrowing habits like never before – and Australian authors without film-book tie-ins are struggling to find a mass readership.With the film version starring Emily Blunt soon to be released, British writer Paula Hawkins’ novel of a vanished wife, The Girl on the Train, has topped the list of most borrowed library books in Australia and New Zealand for the past 12 months.Overseas crime thrillers from James Patterson, Patricia Cornwall, John Grisham and four from Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series also dominated the top 20 list of best borrowed books.” (via SMH)

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Dangerous books behind lock and key: Exploring Australia’s hidden library collections

“Beyond the rows of shelves in many of Australia’s libraries you can find ancient magic tricks, books on euthanasia and secret family histories — if you know what to ask for.But at the National Library of Australia (NLA), in a padlocked room known as a giftschrank, lies the country’s biggest collection of completely off-limits materials.While it might seem odd in the age of the internet, the location of the room cannot be revealed.It contains more than 200 books deemed not appropriate for public access, including unauthorised biographies, true crime and guides to euthanasia.” (via ABC News)

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National Library funding cuts to have ‘grave impact’ with 22 staff set to lose jobs

“Earlier this month it was revealed a number of national cultural institutions were looking at reducing staff numbers as they face $20 million in cuts from the Federal Government’s efficiency dividend.The library is the first institution to release an official number of jobs to be cut from its 415 full-time staff.During Senate Estimates it was revealed the library was considering axing up to 10 jobs, but the number has grown since recent management meetings.” (via ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation))

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State Library makes public up to 70,000 never-seen photos of Melbourne and country Victoria

“The State Library of Victoria has begun to make publicly available a massive archive of historical photographs being described as the Google Street View of the 1970s. For 40 years the library had 2,000 rolls of film sitting in storage containing up to 70,000 photographs of Melbourne streetscapes and historical country towns. Library Services Director Jo Ritale said most of the photos have never been seen. “People love Google Street View and this is kind of like Google Street View in the 1970s,” she said.” (via ABC)

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State Library of Victoria given $5 million in rare books

“A late Melbourne QC’s rare English book collection, estimated to be worth more than $5 million, has been given to the State Library of Victoria. The 5000 works, mostly from the 15th to 18th century, were collected over 46 years by barrister, physicist and bibliophile John Emmerson, who died last year aged 76. In his will, he asked that his personal library, which lined five rooms at his South Yarra mansion, remain intact, in a Melbourne institution.” (via SMH)

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